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  1. Bravo. As a hiker/camper I like this idea of a plastic muzzle brake. Hope you find the perfect medium to use for it's construction.
  2. SNAP! Nice job Corbin finding that for Newbie Philbmp.
  3. Great Saiga 12 techniques you share here. It makes my rifle more flexible in different situations. You Army guys are smart. I was in the US Navy so don't tell anyone I said that to you Army. BLK-HWK-VET you inspire me with the telling of how you lost your arm. You bounced back and overcame serious injury with the love of your Dad and family.
  4. I use "sweetcostarica" on-line because I visited Costa Rica for a month in 2010 with plans of staying for a few years to teach English. But due to the Global Recession, there was less tourism and that equaled less income. So crime was very high and shootings were more frequent especially in my area of San Pedro outside of San Jose. Since I lived in the neighborhoods of my students and couldn't have a Saiga 12 I was an easy target so I decided to move to Alaska. By moving from that beautiful county maybe I was just being chicken but I now live in Anchorage as HighPlainDrifter mentioned. In this city you'll see Moose, Porcupines, Bears, and other wildlife that you do not see in other states. You can and do see them up close and personal. There are so many interesting large parks here too. Later, I'll make some shooting videos outside of Anchorage, in the bush, so hopefully I'll get some really breathtaking views for you. Facts about Alaska -The name 'Alaska' is derived from the Aleut language word ' alasxaq', which means the mainland -The economy of Alaska is mainly from petroleum extraction -Alaska is one of the richest states in the USA -90% of the people have firearms -2012 Population of Alaska was 731,449 the lowest of any state -State Sport: Dog Mushing -A 13-year old (Benny Benson) designed the state flag -It's the 49th State in the Union and the largest -Alaska has National Forests: 2 State Parks: 100+ Below are pictures of San Pedro, Costa Rica
  5. Just read this from AK Monty. Of course no one should call anyone stupid. My parents always told me, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all". Healthy debate is excused because we are passionate and not trying to degrade anyone. Anyway, I want to ask, since I see many Special Forces, Police Dept. personnel, and regular folk using Red Dots sight on their rifles & shotguns (especially at night) why this statement from AK Monty? I truly don't understand the implication that a person using a Red Dot on a Short Barreled Shotgun (SBS) is unwise. I'm an old guy with slowly deteriorating vision and those mounted Red Dots help me out big time .
  6. Hey sccritterkiller in my video on this forum you'll see I have a habit of shooting left, always have. So I'm putting a red dot sight on my Saiga 12 using the included left rail. That is also the reason I, like many other folks bought right sided folding stocks. But like ObiWanBonJovi said: "Basically it depends on what matters most to the end user." His other reasons for right sided folders were very convincing to me but I'm a member of the choir. Also, I too was surprised under-folding stocks were not included in this poll. They seem to be the best design for both sides of this discussion but I guess under-folders have their problems: bad cheek-weld, they get loose and wobbly over time, etc. Note: Firing a weapon while the stock is folded I hope to never do because I do not want to miss my target and hit an innocent. Each shot I want a score on. Unless a bad guy is so close I have to shoot with a folded stock then I'll do it. I hope that is what some of you guys/gals mean when you say you want to shoot with the stock folded. Below: Saiga 12 picture is from MadDog on the Saiga 12 Forum.
  7. For some reason I keep getting that area in my videos. I makes me popular with the ladies but not with the men. Another reason you see my crotch by accident (this answers your other question BLK-HWK-VET) is what I try to do every time is focus on the subject of the video and I think that means keeping my ugly mug out of it. This is all a personal choice and please no one take offense. I do like videos with the videographer's face in it too but that's just not my style. In future I'll keep my camera not focused on the crotch area. Oh, I use a 15" Macbook Pro with iMovie (latest updated program).
  8. UPDATE: After a thorough cleaning I easily saw shiny places of wear on my Saiga 12. On it's rails, the bolt, the bolt carrier, etc. These wear spots were usually thinnish bright silver lines along the part. So I think for new owner's of the Saiga 12 and most firearms in general before any work on your firearm shoot it first, check functioning, and accuracy. If the firearm works then check the wear spots and (if you want to) just polish them with Flitz or Autosol Metal Polish. No need to use a Dremel tool since the weapon is functioning correctly. If your Saiga 12 is not working right then I suggest reading: :IMO, the best reliability PROCESS for new owners By GunFun I think the CSS puck was unnecessary in my case but it was part of a reliability kit so I used it. I didn't use the reduce power recoil spring though, I used the original factory regular recoil spring just like MissBattleBorn. In the video above I was shooting left. This is my fault, not the shotguns. I'll add a Red Dot sight and maybe a different fixed sight (below photo) to overcome my habit of shooting left. Below Is a picture of the Saiga 12 with great sights.
  9. I think that's a great idea . We would waste less money in testing different ammo.
  10. Thanks for the tip for the grip. I try it latter for sure. Next is a side rail scope mount and Red Dot. Got to get the best combo. Not sure what's happening after this but it will be fun.
  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV-jezaHzYs Just finished testing out my Saiga 12 for the first time. Did some simple tests. Basically just seeing if the shotgun is reliable and that the parts worked that I added. Hope you get something out of this video . Note: This shotgun was bought in late 2012 and has three (3) unobstructed gas ports.
  12. You make some good points poolingmyignorance and so has HighPlainsDrifter. If everyone was clear thinking, honest, wise, responsible, a good citizen, a great parent, etc. we would not have any laws at all. People with children are responsible for everything that happens in and out of their household involving that child. So I say take the wise road since children are children protect them and wait until they can handle the weight of responsibility in regards to deadly weapons. Lock them up when you are not home! Of course the age when they are ready for weapons training is up to you... and the Law. I add the Law in here because of what I said above. Sure many children have defended their life, home, and family with weapons. As a last resort that is right but it's better not to put them in that situation. Buy a Home Security System, get a guard dog, secure your home, have a plan, and so on. Shooting someone is very traumatic why put you kids in that situation? Be wise and prepare because this is more effective that a bullet by a long shot. No pun intended. Also, leaving firearms unsecured in the home is how many criminals get them to use on the innocent hence: "Another tragedy that will be on mainstream media.." Lock them up or disable them is my strong opinion.
  13. Sorry I didn't comment earlier on this HighPlainsDrifter. Just been busy at work (new job). Whenever I see Netpackrat commenting on something I do not engage in any form of intelligent dialog because of what you just experienced. In his mind he is always right as he seems unable to see another point of view. He also prejudges people which in this day and age is unbelievable but this is Alaska. I love it here but in Alaska there is so much freedom in almost all things you can be a good man or a bad man . Most folks are very good though (IMO). HighPlainsDrifter said: "The point being made is gun owners need to be responsible by storing firearms under lock and key all while training your children how to properly handle and respect them. If Nancy Lanza, Adam's mother, would have done this there would have never been a tragedy that set gun legislation in motion." So to your point HighPlainsDrifter, you a totally correct. In this case the kid was unstable so the mother should have locked up her firearms to protect him and others. If anyone disagrees with me on this point... I will listen to them (except one person).
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